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Inktober 2017 Day 3 Poison Romeo and Juliet by sonialeong Inktober 2017 Day 3 Poison Romeo and Juliet :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 18 6 Five elements of magic by sonialeong Five elements of magic :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 27 5 Goodbye Missy Hello Thirteen by sonialeong Goodbye Missy Hello Thirteen :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 111 7 Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga cover variant by sonialeong Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga cover variant :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 31 8 Beginning Manga cover girl by sonialeong Beginning Manga cover girl :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 28 14 Chibi Rua! by sonialeong Chibi Rua! :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 51 22 Happy Valentines Day cheesecake by sonialeong Happy Valentines Day cheesecake :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 22 17 Happy Chinese New Year - Fire Rooster by sonialeong Happy Chinese New Year - Fire Rooster :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 21 8 Do It Yourself Christmas Decorations! by sonialeong Do It Yourself Christmas Decorations! :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 13 1 Manga Christmas decorations by sonialeong Manga Christmas decorations :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 13 3 Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga variant cover by sonialeong Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga variant cover :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 33 18 Official Toyota GT86 Initial D Homage promo art by sonialeong Official Toyota GT86 Initial D Homage promo art :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 14 5 Orion of Project Autumn, Comic Village Celebration by sonialeong Orion of Project Autumn, Comic Village Celebration :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 19 7 The Further Adventures of Apollonia by sonialeong The Further Adventures of Apollonia :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 12 3 Elizabeth Seven Deadly Sins Nanatsu no Taizai by sonialeong Elizabeth Seven Deadly Sins Nanatsu no Taizai :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 18 4 Sonia Leong 2016 Events! by sonialeong Sonia Leong 2016 Events! :iconsonialeong:sonialeong 3 4




Inktober 2017 Day 3 Poison Romeo and Juliet
I'm doing Inktober this year, will put my favourites up here :) If you want to follow them all, head to my Instagram or Twitter or Facebook accounts!

Today's official theme is Poison, so here's Romeo about to drink some, from my adaptation of Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Julie published with Self Made Hero. Inked with a Muji calligraphy brush pen.
Five elements of magic

So this one of my new print designs based off a tutorial I did with Chameleon Art Products ♡ Silas, the Weaver from A Brush With Magic, the first of my illustrated fantasy novel series, The Chronicles of Ciel! Hope you like him in chibi form, like the other drawings.

Pick this up in A5 and A4 size from the Sweatdrop Studios table at future shows, or let me know if you want it posted to you!

Assassin's Creed: Awakening Manga cover variant
I was asked by Ubisoft/Titan comics to produce another cover for the Awakening series, featuring Edward Kenway from the Black Flag game. Here it is! Issue #6 from the English language edition. You can buy this comic with my cover variant from Forbidden Planet here…

Again, I listed as Fan art, but I was actually hired by them so this is official artwork, but not sure where else I should put it XD


Sonia Leong
Artist | Professional | Varied
United Kingdom
I'm a professional comic artist and illustrator specialising in Anime/Manga. My first graphic novel was Manga Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet (SelfMadeHero). My awards include Young Adult Library Services Association "2008 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adults 2008" for Romeo and Juliet ; Winner in Tokyopop's first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition (2005/06) and Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition. I designed the Catgirl mascot for Wacom-Europe's Manga campaign which began in 2006. My artwork features prominently in the British movie, Popcorn (2007) and also on the set of Channel 4's popular sitcom The IT Crowd. I contributed Siren to Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos (Image Comics). I illustrated the Manga Life series of self-help comic books (Infinite Ideas), Find True Love and Be Creative. My work also appears in Domo: The Manga (Tokyopop/Big Tent) and Bravest Warriors: The Search for Catbug (VIZ Media). I'm also known for my work in children's publishing, namely the illustrations for the I, Hero series (Hachettes) by Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore, Girls FC series (Walker) by Helena Pielichaty and Ninja: First Mission (Barrington Stoke) by Chris Bradford (Author of Young Samurai series).

I am the Company Secretary of Sweatdrop Studios, a leading UK comic collaborative and independent publisher of Manga. My works with Sweatdrop include Once Upon a Time, Love Stuffing and Aya Takeo, a full-colour comic originally published online.

I've contributed to numerous instructional art books and been teaching Manga workshops since 2004, where I began by giving lectures at the Artist & Illustrators Magazine Exhibition. My UK appearances include the Guardian Hay Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum and London County Hall. I frequently represent UK creators overseas, working with the British Council. I've exhibited artwork in the Kyoto International Manga Museum, London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy, Manchester URBIS Centre and provided product demonstrations on behalf of Copic, Letraset, Wacom and Promethean.

I've been a full-time freelance illustrator since 2005. Prior to that I had several years' experience of illustration and graphic design part-time and in my former role working for an educational charity in contracts/marketing. I have over eighty (and counting!) publications across magazines, comics/graphic novels, art books and film/TV projects to my credit.

Clients and associates:
Artists & Illustrators Magazine, Asahi, Authors Abroad, Axis Publishing, Barrington Stoke, Barrons' Educational, Bournemouth Russell-Cotes Museum, British Council, Channel 4, COMiCA at the ICA, Copic, Families in Business Magazine, Garage Magazine, Guardian Hay Festival, Hachette's Childrens Books, Harper-Collins, Ilex Publishing, Image Comics, Infinite Ideas, International Manga and Anime Festival (IMAF), Japan 21, Japanese Embassy (London), Letraset, London MCM Expo, Manga Entertainment, Moshi Moshi Brighton, New Holland Publishers, NEO Magazine, Peters Bookselling, Popcorn (2007, British film), Promethean, Quarto Publishing, Rockport Publishers, SelfMadeHero/MetroMedia, Seven Stories Press, Tablestar Games LLC, Tokyopop, Victoria & Albert Museum, VideoJug, Wacom, Walker Books, Wolff-Olins

Comics/graphic novels, illustration, branding/mascots, website graphics, character design, concept art, portraits, covers, how-to-draw publications/tutorials, workshops, presentations, product demonstration

Pencils, colour pencils (Faber Castell Polychromos), pen and ink (Pilot, Pentel, Sakura, ZIG), screentone, watercolours (Windsor & Newton), colour markers (Copic, Letraset, Deleter, Chameleon, Kuretake), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, PaintTool SAI, OpenCanvas

They depend very much on the subject matter, size of the project, how much time it will take, materials used and final usage/rights. Please email me for a quotation. I accept payments via paypal, UK cheques, bank transfers.

Sonia Leong 2016 Events! by sonialeong

I’ve made a handy list of all the public events I’m attending so far! Tell your friends and family and everyone in the UK in case I'm heading their way!

Here it is again but with URLs for you to click on and follow if needed:

Birmingham Comics Festival, 23 Apr 2016

Oxford Shakespeare, Story Museum, 30 Apr 2016…

London MCM Comic Con, 27-29 May 2016

Comic Con Leicester, 4-5 Jun 2016

London Anime Gaming Con, 2-3 Jul 2016…

Shrewsbury Int Comic Art Fest, 15-17 Jul 2016…

Manchester MCM Comic Con, 30-31 Jul 2016…

Preston Comic Con, 6 Aug 2016

Cardiff Anime Gaming Con, 20-21 Aug 2016

Melksham Comic Con, 27-28 Aug 2016

(Obviously, I do not advertise any private bookings I have with a school etc, so please don’t freak out if you think I’m coming to your event and it’s not here!)


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borkcoli Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
Hi Sonia, you visited my school yesterday and the day before yesterday. I was one of the students who watched you speak, and it was both entertaining and informative. I was too shy to say it in person, but I really liked your outfit! I hope you enjoy Hong Kong :)
Shafawa Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I convinced my school librarian to buy your "Beginning Manga" book!!! I'm reading it right now, it's very well done and detailed!
CoreyAnthonyy Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Ill be purchasing your "The Complete Guide to Drawing Manga" From Books a Million tomorrow! While also buying an anatomy and proportion book realistic on people to tidy up my skills in drawing!

I went through your book and found tons of helpful stuff including the different ways to make the body shape (like the skinny torso with the wider legs area I forgot what you called it forgive me lol)

Thank you for making such an amazing book and hope to see more artwork from you Sonia!
Tenchi8 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! I hope all is well for you. :) Birthday cake  icon 
Frahbulous Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday! :D
GFORCELEVEL1988 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
Hi, Happy Birthday and Hope you have a nice day as well :hug:
teturo Featured By Owner May 7, 2017
A Very Happy Birthday to you sweetie :iconcakelickplz:
ThatNeondragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy B- day! I just wanted to thank you for the How to draw book you made. It really helped me to develope my drawing style! Have a wonderful day :D  Triplets parrot 2017YupiANanEmote001 
gamma-rayz Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday!!!!
LoulabeIIe Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Student Filmographer
Happy Birthday! :D
Calista-222 Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday ^o^!!!
ppgrainbow Featured By Owner May 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconhappybirthdaysignplz: :party::cake:

Happy 35th birthday, Sonia! :hug:
daeien Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Happy Birthday! :D (Big Grin) Party Have your cake and eat it too Party :D (Big Grin)
SeanMaguire1991 Featured By Owner May 6, 2017
Happy Birthday 2 minutes early!
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